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Stratfield Saye village booklet now available

Stratfield Saye village booklet   Stratfield Saye (VB096) is located west of the A33 with the Berkshire county border along the Roman road to Silchester forming the parish boundary to the north. Originally the parish included Beech Hill in Berkshire until 1868 when that hamlet became a civil and ecclesiastical parish.

West Meon Infanticide 1830

On 28 January 1830 Frances MARCH aged 32 drowned her infant child Amelia and then herself. The drowning occured in a tub of water usually used as a foot-bath. Her husband Lancelot Foquett March and mother-in-law Mary March were absent at the time.

Hampshire Murder in Swanwick, 1899

The 1899 Hampshire murder of young Dorcas HOUGHTON resulted in nationwide publicity.
Eighteen year old Dorcas was killed in Swanwick by her jilted boyfriend Charles MAIDMENT aged 22. Despite a plea of insanity Charles was found guilty and hanged 3 months later.

1855 Portsea Hospital Bed Shortage

An 1855 Portsea Hospital bed shortage raised concerns when a man who was turned away later died.

Portsmouth Police Gas Explosion in 1855

This account of an explosion in a Portsmouth dockyard police station in 1855 should serve as a cautionary tale of the dangers of mixing gas with a naked flame.

Who was Sweet Fanny Adams?

The phrase ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ is still used today, but where did it originate? The story of the brutal murder of 8 year old Fanny from Alton is told here by a descendant of one of Fanny’s cousins.

Hardship Cases in a Portsmouth Court

After the Napoleonic wars many suffered hardship that often resulted in lawbreaking and people being taken to court. William ATRELL and John CHAMBERLAIN were two such cases reported in the Hampshire Telegraph in 1817.

Solent Tragedy of Gosport Men 1810

An 1810 Hampshire newspaper carried an appeal for information by the wives of two Gosport men who drowned in a Solent tragedy. Who were these men?

Destitute Woman Transported by Portsmouth Court – 1810

This destitute Portsmouth woman stole and sold a coat and was punished with seven years transportation.

Portsmouth Bigamy Intrigue

Bigamy cases can be very interesting but are more intriguing when the accused is a woman. On this occasion the offending marriage took place nearly thirty years before coming to court.

English man dies in Newburgh New York – 1850

The death was reported in 1850 in Portsmouth local newspaper of George Burton, an English immigrant living in New York. So, who was George Frederick Burton?

Family Tragedy in 19th Century East Tisted

See how HGS resources were used to research the EAMES family of East Tisted who were affected by a series of tragic events that began in 1810.

Punishment in Hampshire Quarter Session Courts – 1800

Criminals were often sentenced to whipping in Hampshire Quarter Sessions courts. Here are some examples from the 1800s.

Quarter Sessions Court Report 1817

Online newspaper articles can be a valuable research tool that when linked with HGS indexes can provide remarkable details.

Death of Farmer Budd Hampshire – 1800

Yeoman farmer of Medstead, William Budd met an untimely death when thrown from his horse. Reported in an old Hampshire newspaper in 1800, there is a puzzle about his death and burial date.

The Internet Library of Early Journals

Researching family history means having to explore many avenues, one useful free resource is the Internet Library of Early Journals

Portsmouth (LDS) Family History Centre

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Centre is a useful resource for family historians.

The Curtis Museum, Alton – A Local Resource

Local history museums can be a great resource for those researching their family history. The Curtis Museum in Alton Hampshire has some interesting topic material on local places and people.

Christ Church Portsdown Military Cemetery

Hampshire family historians will be interested in the military cemetery at Portsdown and its connection to the D-Day landings.

A Hampshire Picture Mystery

Hampshire family history society, the HGS, would like help in tracking down the whereabouts of a picture, painted at the turn of the C20th of Middle Farm Havant.

Family History Memorial in Steep Church

For family historians, church memorial plaques can be a fascinating resource. In the church of All Saints Steep this memorial makes a compelling read

Netley Military Cemetery

Hampshire is home to a number of military cemeteries, Netley being the largest with 3,000 graves. If you have a military family history connection with Hampshire consider researching its military cemeteries for information.

Winchester’s Military Museums

Tracing your military ancestors can prove to be a very rewarding part of family history research. The HGS can help you in your research, through how to guides and useful guidance to Hampshire military museums.

Aldershot Army Museum

Find out more about your Hampshire military family history by exploring the resources at the Aldershot Military Museum

Tithe Maps at the National Archives

What is a tithe? The National Archives have almost 12,000 tithe maps of England and Wales to help your research.

A Hampshire History of Immigration and Emigration

Did your family emigrate to Canada, America or Australia through the port of Southampton Hampshire? If so, then let Hampshire Genealogical Society help you to connect with your Hampshire heritage

Palmerston’s Folly – The Story of Portsmouth’s Forts

Several generations of Portsmouth people have given the nickname ‘Palmerston’s Folly’ to the Victorian forts on Portsdown Hill.
The forts are on the crest of the hill, overlooking Portsmouth and it’s harbour. When and why were they built?

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Old Alresford village booklet now available

Old Alresford, (VB100) is located midway between Alton and Winchester just north of New Alresford which is on the A31. Alresford Pond is a large lake created in the 12th Century at the head of the River Arle, a tributary of the River Itchen. Several water mills have existed along the river with the restored […]


Knowle War Memorial

Knowle Hospital was open in 1852 as the Hampshire County Lunatic Asylum. The asylum was renamed Knowle Mental Hospital in c.1923 and following the 1948 introduction of the National Health Service Act, became Knowle Hospital. At the beginning of the 20th century, Knowle Hospital was home to over 1000 patients and staff and was a self […]


Free Data in the Members’ Area

For some time HGS has had the intention of making some of its large collection of Family History data available to members in the Members’ Area of our website. With the development of our website we have now been able to begin this process and the first set to be introduced is of various ‘small churchyards’ […]


RIP Private Herbert Frank French

Herbert Frank FRENCH was born on 21st April 1884 at 11 Hyde Close in Winchester, the illegitimate son of Emily. On 18th January 1908 he married Sarah Ann (Annie) BIGNELL in Meonstoke and then settled in the village to raise their daughters Emily and Ivy. Herbert was initially in the Territorial Army then when WWI […]


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